Over 300 NAIOP Chapter leaders from across the nation, including 8 delegates from the Colorado Chapter, gathered in Washington DC for the annual Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat the week of February 11 – 14, 2013. At the retreat, the group networked with leaders from other chapters across the country, as well as attended seminars and meetings where a variety of topics were presented and discussed, rounded out by a visit to Capitol Hill, spending a day visiting the Legislative Delegation from Colorado. On the evening of February 13th, everyone gathered for a gala celebration of the chapters and their accomplishments over the past year. Eighteen chapters and three individuals were honored and our very own Colorado Chapter received 3 awards during the evening’s ceremonies. In the Large Chapter designation, Colorado was recognized for exemplory programs in the following categories:
- Education - for the 2011 NAIOP Traveling Circus and Property Fair in which the NAIOP Colorado Chapter partnered with Colliers International’s Denver Office to develop both an educational and entertaining property tour of Southeast Metro Denver. The event was literally a “three ring circus” lead by Colliers’ President Brad Calbert and Chair Gregg Barker, now with MAVDevelopment. Features included a presentation by the IKEA development team, bus tour of various office and retail developments, and finally a circus themed trade show and cocktail reception. Event attendees acquired a vast amount of information about new, existing and planned real estate developments, as well as ample opportunity to cultivate new business prospects in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
- Legislative/Government Affairs – in recognition of the NAIOP Colorado Chapter’s Legislative Advocacy Strategic Plan written by the Chapter’s Executive Director, Kathie Barstnar. The Chapter has had a successful Legislative Advocacy Program for over 10 years. Over the past two years significant effort has been put into enhancing and focusing the program and the Legislative Advocacy Strategic Plan is the guiding document for the future of this program. This document outlines the purpose, vision, mission and strategic initiatives for the Chapter’s our Legislative Advocacy Program.
- Special Event - for the Chapter’s 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge held in May of 2012. The popular Challenge event marked marked the culmination of a four-month process in which 80 students analyzed more than 100 potential redevelopment ideas for the 65-acre Mile High Greyhound Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Aided by real estate professionals and architectural/engineering experts, five student teams spent more than 8,000 hours to deliver a development proposal that determined the highest and best use for the project. The final student teams them present their development proposals in front of a crowd of over 650 real estate professionals. The highly anticipated 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver and will feature redevelopment proposals for the Boulder Civic Area, a City of Boulder project.
Since 2000, NAIOP Colorado has won over 30 such Chapter Merit awards! To read more and see a full list of winners and categories, click here.